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Several months ago, Lisa Rickert with the Rosenburg RR Museum asked Chuck Blumentritt, our Club President, would it be possible to have trains running on the Rosenburg Garden RR by December 6th 2014, which was the date of Rosenburg Christmas Nights.
A lot has happened since that question was asked and from time to time I will attempt to add to this thread the details of what what went into the construction of the layout and details if people are interested in them.
For now I am adding a couple of videos of layout.
The water feature works as can be seen with the floating leaf. All switches are pneumatic.
There is track power and a lot of battery powered units featured in video.
A beautiful day yesterday in the

http://youtu.be/aGuQ7tEaPMA?list=UUsFzhA050rfhluF87m9X2lA


BTW, the track design was done by John Franks and then tweaked by Greg Cauthen and Chuck Blummentritt.


http://youtu.be/aGuQ7tEaPMA?list=UUsFzhA050rfhluF87m9X2lA
 

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The museum wanted a layout that created the tower 17 complex and that is the basis of the design. Tower 17 now resides in the museum grounds as you can see, replace by automated signals and crossing protection. The BNSF and UP tracks run right by the museum. The river feature is the Brazos river which runs nearby and the tracks cross it at Richmond. The total project is expected to cost around 50k. I think they have spent around 20-30k so far. Track and switches are Sunset Valley SS code 250. Roadbed is the Split Jaw PVC. They still have ballast to install and to build the towns of Rosenberg and Richmond plus the famous Brazos River bridge and of course vegetation.
 
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